This Instant Pot Mexican Casserole is exactly what I enjoy making for dinner when I don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking. You’ll enjoy making this dish for your family too. Let’s get started on teaching you how to create this yummy casserole dish for your family.
Why You’ll Love This Mexican Casserole
- Easy-to-find ingredients – You can easily find the ingredients at any grocery store.
- Quick prep time – The prep time for this recipe is minimal, making it a perfect weeknight meal option.
- Kid-friendly – This Mexican Casserole is loved by both kids and adults alike.
- Versatile – You can easily customize this recipe by adding your favorite ingredients or adjusting the spice level to your liking.
Ingredients for Mexican Casserole
- Ground Beef: Provides the hearty, savory base of the casserole.
- Red Enchilada Sauce: Adds a rich, spicy kick, elevating the flavor profile.
- Cheddar Cheese: Melts into a creamy, tangy layer that binds all ingredients together.
- Corn Tortillas: Offer a textural contrast and absorb the flavors, giving the dish its traditional casserole feel.
- Sour Cream: Adds a cool, creamy touch that balances out the heat from the enchilada sauce.
- Cilantro: Freshens up the dish with its unique, aromatic flair.
- Black Olives: Contribute a salty, briny note, adding depth to the overall flavor.
How to Make Instant Pot Mexican Casserole?
Here are the step by step instructions for making this delicious Instant Pot casserole.
Step One: Turn On Saute Function
Turn your Instant Pot on sauté mode. Brown your beef.
Step Two: Brown the Ground Beef
Once the meat is browned, pour in the enchilada sauce. Mix well until fully incorporated.
Step Three: Add Cheese and Tortillas
Pour in 1.5 cups of cheese, and all of the sliced tortillas. You can also add black beans, corn, or black olives! Anything you know your family will enjoy!
Step Four: Stir Ingredients
Stir everything well at this point until completely incorporated.
Step Five: Close Instant Pot Lid
Pour in the remaining cheese, and add the lid to the Instant Pot. Close the valve.
Step Six: Pressure Cook Casserole
Cook on “High” for 3 minutes to melt the cheese. Release the pressure manually.
Step Seven: Serve and Garnish
Once done, serve with more olives, sour cream, and or cilantro as garnish! Enjoy! This is a very versatile meal, so don’t miss out on making it.
You can experiment with different types of beans or add in some extra protein like chicken or tofu.
You can also make it spicier by adding more chili powder or jalapenos.
For a cheesier option, you can sprinkle some shredded cheese on top after cooking.
How to Serve Mexican Casserole?
This casserole is delicious on its own, but you can also serve it with your favorite toppings like avocado, sour cream, salsa, or cilantro. It also goes well with a side of rice or tortilla chips for dipping.
How to Store Leftovers
If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. You can also freeze the casserole for later use. Simply thaw in the fridge overnight and reheat in the oven or microwave until heated through.
Enjoy This Easy Casserole Dish
Overall, this Instant Pot Mexican Casserole is a delicious and easy-to-make meal option that your whole family will love. Give it a try and see for yourself! So go ahead and gather all the ingredients, turn on your Instant Pot, and get ready to enjoy a flavorful and satisfying dinner in no time! Happy cooking!
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Many People Does Instant Pot Mexican Casserole Serve?
While my family is small, I know that many of you have larger families. This dish serves 4, but you can make two batches or double it to make even more food. You’ll enjoy the flavors of this dish too!
Benefits of Ground Beef
This recipe is made with ground beef , which is a great source of protein and other nutrients like iron and B vitamins. It can also be a budget-friendly option for meat-based meals. However, if you prefer, you can easily substitute ground turkey or chicken in this recipe.
Can I Add Vegetables to This Casserole?
Absolutely! This recipe is very versatile and can be easily adapted to include your favorite vegetables. Some great options to add in would be bell peppers, zucchini, or spinach. Simply chop them up and mix them in with the other ingredients before cooking.
What Are the Best Type of Tortilla to Use?
The best type of tortilla to use for this Mexican Casserole is corn tortillas. They hold up well in the casserole and add an authentic flavor to the dish. However, you can also use flour tortillas if that’s what you have on hand. Just be sure to cut them into smaller pieces for better distribution throughout the casserole.
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 cups red enchilada sauce
- 3 cups cheddar cheese grated (divided)
- 10 corn tortillas cut into strips
- Sour cream optional garnish
- Cilantro optional garnish
- Black olives optional garnish
- Turn your Instant Pot on sauté mode. Brown your beef.
- Once the meat is browned, pour in the enchilada sauce. Mix well until fully incorporated.
- Pour in 1.5 cups of cheese, and all of the sliced tortillas. You can also add black beans, corn, or black olives. Stir everything well at this point until completely incorporated.
- Pour in the remaining cheese, and add the lid to the Instant Pot. Close the valve.
- Cook on “High” for 3 minutes to melt the cheese. Release the pressure manually.
- Once done, serve with more olives, sour cream, and/or cilantro as garnish.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 837Total Fat: 50gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 20gCholesterol: 187mgSodium: 1732mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 56g